The Pamir Highway

The Pamir Highway

Pamir mountain chain is one of the largest mountain systems in Central Asia. The system stretches over 4,000 meters. Many years ago a Silk Road branch lied here. Pamir highway is the most mountainous, difficult and dangerous road in post-Soviet area. Throughout the tour, you can see amazing views, scenic landscapes, gorges, lakes, alpine deserts and, of course, authentic culture of the Pamir residents.

Group size: 6 people Meals: Full package Season: June – September Trip duration: 16 days / 15 nights

Short description

The tour includes two countries – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Journey through natural and man-made attractions is accompanied by the same hospitality of the locals, unusual Asian cuisine, ancient customs and traditions of the locals.

Type of tour

Activities


Includes:

  • Airport transfers.
  • Rent the motorbike.
  • An English/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Supporting car with driver.
  • Full board (except meals in Bishkek).
  • Entering tickets to museums, accommodation.

Not included:

  • International airfare.
  • Visa and border permit GBAO for entering Tajikistan (you can get e-visa online).
  • Insurances.
  • Gasoline for motorbikes.
  • Single supplement.
  • Meals in Bishkek.
  • Alcohol or additional personal expenses.

Important:

  • In Tadjikistan in some places there is no hotel and guest house. It will be family stay rooms with simple services (shower and toilet outside, or without shower), laying on the floor. Please take your sleeping bags, warm clothes, some medicine.

We reserve the right to make incremental changes to the program due to changes in flight arrival times, weather or terrain conditions, availability of places in hotels or guest houses, etc.

Thanks for your understanding.

Itinerary

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Itinerarios

Day 1

Arrival to Bishkek

Manas international airport. Transfer to hotel. Resting time. Lunch.
Walking in the city.

Day 2

Bishkek – Toktogul (275 km)

After breakfast way to Toktogul through Bishkek-Osh highway. The road is picturesque – it goes first along the river Kara-Balta with the rise of the pass Too-Ashu 3,200 meters, then descended to Suusamyr valley, located at an altitude of about 2000 meters.
Overnight in a guest house.

Day 3

Toktogul – Osh (360 km)

Driving to Osh the south capital of Kyrgyzstan. It is the oldest city in the country (estimated to be more than 3000 years old). Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country. Accomodation at a hotel.

Day 4

Osh – Murghab (412 km)

Murghob is the capital of the Murghob District in the Pamir Mountains of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomus Region, Tajikistan. It is the highest city in Tajikistan (3650 m). It is located at the junction of the Murghab River and the Pamir Highway. Night in a guest house.

Day 5

Murghab – Langar

After breakfast through the Wrang village way to Langar. Wrang is amazing and unique throughout the Pamirs place above the village.
It closes the Tajik part of the Wakhan valley large exotic village Langar. Langar – highest mountain village in South Pamir, situated at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. Overnight in a home stay.

Day 6

Langar – Khorog

After breakfast driving to Khorog. The capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Summer in Khorog is relatively warm and dry. Also you can visit of a town museum of history Mountain-Badakshan region, a local market and Pamir of a botanical garden of town.
Overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 7

Khorog – Khalaihumb (Kalai – Khum) (245 km)

Early morning breakfast. Drive to Khalaihumb. This region is more religious (Islamic) and it can be seen in conservative dresses and beards. People here are Pamirs, not Tajiks, a number of separate tribal groups with their own languages. Overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 8

Khalaihumb – Dushanbe (368 km)

Driving to one of the most attractive cities in Central Asia, Dushanbe sits against a backdrop of mountains. Once regarded as one of the region’s most dangerous areas, the Tajik capital is now blossoming into one of its most pleasant cities. Dushanbe Main Attractions National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan, Statue if Somoni, Fort Hissar and so on.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 9

Dushanbe – Iskandarkul (138 km)

Iskandarkul lake is located between spurs of Hissar range. Turquoise, calm and surrounded by great ranges of Fann mountains its known far beyond Tajikistan borders. There are almost no aquatic life in the lake it named after the great military leader Alexander The Great who to be said passed the lake on his way to India. Iskander is Persian equivalent for Alexander. Overnight in a guest house.

Day 10

Iskanderkul – Khujand (223 km)

Driving to the second largest city Khujand and is one of its most ancient cities, founded about 2,300 years ago during the time of Alexander the Great. It was a major city along the ancient Silk Road. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 11

Khujand – Osh (340 km)

Crossing the border. Entering Osh city. Dinner and resting time in a hotel.

Day 12

Osh – Kazarman (255 km)

Driving to Kazarman. This village located in a small valley along the Naryn River, at the junction of the Ferghana Range and the Moldo-Too Mountains. There is a hard winter, especially during heavy snowfalls, so Kazarman is sometimes cut off from civilization. You can get to Kazarman only from mid-July to mid-August, as already in September the first snow falls here, which makes it difficult to move vehicles on the passes. Staying at a guest house.

Day 13

Kazarman – Song Kul (250 km)

Early transfer to the mountain lake Son-Kul (3016 m altitude above sea level). Immersion in the life of nomads. Free time. In the afternoon we can try and observe the preparation of traditional dishes. Also you have a chance for a stargaze. Staying at a yurt camp.

Day 14

Song Kul – Bishkek (280 km).

Driving to Bishkek. Check in the hotel. Resting time.

Day 15

Leaving

Transfer to airport.
End of the service.

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    Som (Kyrgyz som) is the monetary unit of the Kyrgyz Republic. One som is equal to one hundred tyyns. Kyrgyzstan was one of the first countries of the former Soviet Union (and the first in post-Soviet Central Asia) to adopt its own national currency. The average exchange rate is about 85-95 KGS per dollar, or 95-105 KGS per euro. You can review the most recent exchange rate in: https://www.nbkr.kg/index.jsp?lang=ENG You can do it in a bank branch, but also in the center of Bishkek there are a huge number of exchange offices. When exchanging banknotes, they must be in very good condition and without any marks. Small denomination bills are exchanged at a slightly lower rate.
    In large cities, almost in any store you can pay for a purchase or service by credit card, but still cash is more welcome. As for the small villages and settlements, there is only cash.
    There are several mobile network operators in Kyrgyzstan. You can choose any of them: Beeline, Megacom, O! You can buy a SIM card in any shopping center, there are branches of various mobile operators. When you register you will be asked for your passport and offered the most convenient and advantageous tariff for you.
    For sure you would like to make a lot of photos and that's ok. In case of closed places or if you want to make photos to local people, ask first for permission, and remember to show a respectful attitude.
    There are mainly three types of public transport. Buses, trolleybuses and minibuses. The fee ranges from 11 to 15 som. (Less than 20 cents of euro). There is also a very good taxi service, with multiple companies and very affordable. An average trip by taxi can cost between 100 and 200 soms, that is, between 1 and 2 euros. There are shuttles between towns and cities. The cost depends on both the frequency and the distance.
    You can drive with your international permit and you can rent cars if you wish. But you can't taste a drop of alcohol. The traffic police can stop you at any roadblock and check your alcohol level. The tolerance is zero. If you have drunk, however little, you will have problems and you will have to pay a fine.

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